The Regional Office for Europe (ROE) is the voice of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) in the European region. It provides guidance to governments, implements projects, and develops tools to tackle environmental challenges in Europe. These challenges include: cross-border management of the Caspian Sea, resource efficiency in cities, and climate adaptation in the Carpathian Mountains. UNEP ROE promotes and facilitates switching to more sustainable agriculture such as in Eastern and Central Europe; and assist in developing sound management of transboundary resources, for example river basins irrigating several countries. Our role entails scanning the horizon to alert authorities of emerging environmental threats, thus keeping the environment under review.
UNEP ROE advises and steers countries, the private sector and civil society on the road towards greener economies through fostering renewable energy sources, promoting sustainable transport, and sharing successes, experience, and best practices. In the region, UNEP supports capacity-building and implementation of environmental policies including Multilateral Environmental Agreements, biodiversity regional strategy and national and sustainable consumption and production programmes. Through the Environment and Security Initiative (ENVSEC), UNEP and partners also assess the environmental factors of disaster and conflict risks across the region.
UNEP ROE is working in the region on seven priority areas: Climate Change, Disasters and Conflicts, Ecosystems Management, Environmental Governance, Chemicals and Waste, Resource Efficiency, and Environment Under Review.
UNEP Regional Office for Europe is located in Geneva and has offices in Brussels, Moscow, Sarajevo, and Vienna.